Concrete is an essential building material used throughout the world, providing proven performance for strong, durable and economical construction. A primary reason for this extensive use is the flexibility offered, but with this comes the responsibility to understand the strengths, limitations and optimization strategies to achieve desired performance. This course examines many of the fundamental issues that building and site designers must consider before designing and specifying quality ready-mixed concrete.
This article will update readers on steps the cement and concrete industries are taking to evaluate and reduce their environmental impact. It will also offer designers insight on how to increase sustainable performance on their projects through optimization of concrete applications in sustainable building. And to support this, the cement and concrete industry is developing detailed information to inform designers about the environmental impacts of their product choices.
This article examines many of the fundamental issues required for the specification and installation of site-cast concrete as it comprises approximately 70% of all U.S. concrete production and is directly influenced by specifier and inspection professionals. This is a companion piece to the Hanley Wood CEU article â€śFundamentals of Concrete - Part 1â€ť (Architect Magazine, June 2017), which covers concreteâ€™s ingredients and their influences on quality concrete.
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